Remember Frank Sinatra's Weird Science Fiction Record?

By Jacob Shelton
Album cover art for Frank Sinatra's 'Trilogy,' flanked by images of the Earth and Jupiter. Source: discogs.com and Wikimedia Commons

In 1980, Frank Sinatra released Trilogy: Past Present Future, a triple album that got weird.  On the third LP, "The Future," Sinatra took us on a nutty trip around the solar system, took us back in time to the Hoboken of his youth, and opined on the wonders of tomorrow's technology.

Through the '40s, '50s and '60s, Sinatra's career had seen wild successes and dry spells, but as the '80s approached he was in a fairly desperate state. The man they called "Ol' Blue Eyes" was just ... old. The leader of the Rat Pack was looking like a dinosaur. An ambitious project seemed just the thing to reassert his mastery and challenge the youngsters who were selling all the records.

The first two LPs are fairly in line with the rest of Sinatra’s oeuvre, but on the third disc, “The Future,” Sinatra lets his freak flag fly, as much as he can. He sings about the solar system, inventions, even his ideas about what happens in the afterlife.

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